What links Russia and Holland? Flowers.

July 25, 2014

Russia imports a lot of cut flowers from the Netherlands. Nearly 167,000 tons in 2012 alone.

That places the country as the fourth largest importer of Dutch flowers in the world. While only about seven percent of Dutch flower exports go to Russia,  almost 37 percent of Russia’s flower imports in 2012 came from the Netherlands, according to international trade data compiled by the United Nations.

The Netherlands is easily the largest exporter of flowers in the world, accounting for over half of the world’s cut flower exports in 2012.

The Harvard Business Review attributes Holland’s domination of the market to cooperatives for growers and specialized auctions and handling facilities.

Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. While at The Post, he’s worked on investigations involving tax liens, civil forfeiture, cartels and government oversight. He was also a member of the reporting team awarded the Pulitzer for NSA revelations. PGP Fingerprint: 69FA 5730 ADDD 5488 24FE 6EB2 B727 D930
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